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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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More Sandblasted Glass from my time in Corning

Here are some sneak peeks at some more of my earlier sandblasted glass pieces from my time at the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass.

Since I am really interested in graphic design and illustration I really tried to combine these varied interests. Often glass surface treatment is not narrative, but more decorative in nature. However, the images that I developed for the surface manipulation was more personal with a definitive narrative, so my interest in illustration and graphic line really started to show up.

Popped Balloon by marisol diaz

With this particular image - the assignment was to blast a hole entirely through the glass...I couldn't see how I would do that in manner that made sense me, unless it was through a heart. This piece is actually slightly smaller (than the on screen size) in real life and that adds to its charm - at this scale and with the flatness of the photograph - it loses some of its graphic pop.

Paz by marisol diaz

This particular image is actually much larger than this image (8 1/2' x 11') and the assignment was to create variations in the blasting tones, such as gradations. Since I was coming up with my design ideas on the fly (with no preset plan) I was even surprised to see the imagery I formed, all of which had to be cut out with an exacto knife of a protective sheet (buttercut) in stages to blast (see the last post to understand buttercut).

Think With Your Head Not With Your Heart Fool by marisol diaz

This piece is done on 1/2inch thick glass which is lost with the photogragh...and was most time consuming since the size is around 10 by 10 inches. I also 'royally messed up' by packing the glass in my backpack one evening to work after 11pm and after riding my bike, hence the side of the glass with no protection got scratched (good lesson to learn) and so I had to lightly blast the front edges of the piece to compensate...some say you would never notice if I didn't tell (another lesson to learn).

Still, these pieces are from the first few days of class...after which my work began to evolve in quite a different direction which I will share with you all next...so stay tuned.

Reader Comments (6)

Beautiful work amarettogirl...i can't wait to see more....the richness of the thickness of the class is totally visible in the photo and is what gives the last piece its visual strength and emotional weight,...which brings me to that 16 grams movie with Benicio del Toro...where the idea that when a person dies the weight of their heart is immediately lighter...hence the idea of the presence of a soul, perhaps? keep it up,...

August 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstainboy

i really do love the last one.

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

These are incredible! That last one took my breath away. I can't wait to see the rest!

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

Hiii ok I'm leaving a comment yo LOL

August 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterally

AMAZING. This was a blow away of the mind. The work is great and the imagination that you have is beyond words.

August 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisette hernandez

ms. diaz, this turned up on stumblepon for me! (even though I had already seen it, because I check your blog every often!) i think it's cheating to submit you're own work to stumbleupon, i am on to you!

September 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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